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    Drivers License Bill Nears Congress OK

    By: Courier Staff Writer

          Word has come from Washington the House of Representatives and Senate are nearing a deal on the fiscal 2005 supplemental spending bill which includes tough new standards for state identification cards, like drivers licenses dropped in late 2004 from the Homeland Security bill.
          At the time, House Republicans promised to renew efforts to make the ID cards reliable. Their first try failed, but this one is poised to succeed. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada has admitted inclusion of the tougher new immigration measures was probably inevitable despite Democrat opposition.
          The most controversial issue to be resolved is immigration. House Republicans have demanded final version of the supplemental include provisions that would establish national driverís license standards, stiffen asylum requirements and speed completion of a fence on the US-Mexico border near San Diego.
          The White House, which had strongly resisted tightening the US border with Mexico, sent a letter to conferees urging them to keep the provisions thus signaling its support for the measure.


      
     
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